Rumored once before, Honda is reportedly moving ahead with plans to build a crossover model out of the next-generation Honda Fit.
Due out next year, the Fit sub-compact crossover will fit into the Honda lineup below the CR-V and be designed to suit the needs of customers in both Europe and North America says a report by the Nikkei business daily.
Having recently revealed minor changes to the 2013 model year Fit, the next-gen model is expected to arrive as a 2014 year car and be built at the automaker’s new Mexico plant.
What isn’t year clear is what engine will be utilized in the Fit softroader. The current 1.5-liter engine with 117-hp might not be up to the task, although Honda is planning an updated version of that powerplant as part of its Earth Dreams Technology engine initiative that will use direct-injection.
The Fit crossover will join a growing segment of sub-compact crossovers that includes cars like the Nissan Juke and MINI Countryman as well as the recently announced Buck Encore.